Fine form does not guarantee you a spot in Wenger’s starting XI and that’s the message he is passing on to Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile forward has scored six goals in 12 appearances for the Gunners, playing a vital role in their impressive start to the season.
That has not hindered Wenger from subbing him off, which he has done on three different occasions, though, and the Frenchman has stressed he is the one calling the shots – regardless of the attacker’s frustrated reactions.
“When I decide to take him off, I take him off,” Wenger was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “There is no special case. He has his own character but he is not treated differently from everybody else.
“They all recognise [rotation] after the game but during the game they want to stay on the pitch. I have played football, you want to play even when you are tired.”
Wenger has played Sanchez up front this term after previously using him as a winger and he has revealed he always saw the former Barcelona player as more of a centre forward.
“I see him in the middle because of the kind of gut he has, provocative,” the Arsenal boss added.
“He has a short technique and can always create something. He has a good mixture between scoring and giving the final ball.
“In my taste, he still comes too much to the ball because he likes to have the ball. But we have enough playmakers in our team.”